Top poems 1: The amazing web site of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The amazing web site of Shakespeare’s Sonnets is not hype; it is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful sites on the Web. I go there for #1 in a new series on Ninglun’s Specials, where I promise not to be too original, but I do want to share some of the great treasures that have given me pleasure for close on sixty years now. Do check the VodPod in the left side bar too, as whenever possible I will add an appropriate video for each post in this series.


That time of year thou mayst in me behold

When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang

Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,

Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

In me thou seest the twilight of such day

As after sunset fadeth in the west,

Which by and by black night doth take away,

Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.

In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire

That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,

As the death-bed whereon it must expire

Consumed with that which it was nourish’d by.

This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,

To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

Oh yes, except in my case Autumn is moving into Winter…


That was taken in Canberra in Autumn this year by Sue, whose WordPress photo blog is well worth visiting.

More nostalgia. In my boyish imagination…

… I had a bit of a thing for men in tights, or shirtless, as indeed did many in the 1950s. Whether there was an extra significance in my case I leave entirely up to you. I have met some who never seem to have recovered…


Yes, The Phantom. That’s a whole blog on the subject.

And Robin of Batman and fame I truly identified with, so much so that I once convinced one little boy that I was Robin! I must have been about 10 at the time.

I don’t now what he and Batman are up to here; perhaps the source tells us. There are some very remarkable images there. 😉

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Surry Hills 4

And also another Meet a Blog! Sally’s Sydney Daily Photo — “…in which I attempt to show some interesting and varied aspects of Sydney apart from the usual tourist images” — is quite superb! Not only is there a great gallery there tagged “Surry Hills”, but many other great photos of other aspects of Sydney.

I choose this one of the busy corner of Chalmers and Cleveland Street, very close to where I live, not because it is the best but because it is so much something I see most days. That’s Cleveland Street Intensive English High School on the left.

30 June 2006 Chalmers St

I’d love to borrow more, but won’t; I urge you to visit Sally for yourself. 🙂

WordPress appreciation


Indeed I do…

 mattmullenweg And as an elderly blogger who began doing this In Another Place back in 2000-2001, I really can’t get my head around people like Matt Mullenweg (right), WordPress’s originator, who is younger than The Rabbit but older than Thomas. He seems to have been 19 when WordPress started.

Guess you could say he’s done rather more by the age of 24 than I ever did.

And there are now 2,754,210 blogs on with 114,420 new posts today…


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